On the face of it, the siege of Fallujah seems to be going relatively
well for the US troops. Most of the city has been captured and
according to the mass media “Operation Phantom Fury” will be finished
in a couple of days. However, things are not so simple. The war in Iraq
was also supposed to be over, whereas it clearly is not. The same
applies to Fallujah, where an official victory may well turn out to be
a Pyrrhic one.
The Black Watch regiment was clearly moved to Baghdad for political reasons. Blair wanted to help Bush in the US elections and also prove that British troops are needed in Iraq. Once again he has lied to the British public and he has shown that he is prepared to risk the lives of ordinary soldiers to achieve his own political objectives. Not by Christmas! The troops should be pulled out now.
Some American Republicans are calling for the resignation of Kofi Annan as UN general secretary. The alleged reasons are accusations of corruption. As always the real reason lies elsewhere. It is part of the onging conflict between the major powers over the war in Iraq.
Recent revelations about British troops using torture on Iraqi
prisoners have finally put an end to the myth that the British army is
somehow better than the American. All occupying armies are using these
methods. The Labour movement must demand the unconditional withdrawal
of all troops from Iraq.
The elections have taken place in Iraq. The masse media have presented
us with the myth that now “democracy” will reign in Iraq. An occupied
country cannot have genuine democracy. Different sections of the
population reacted in different ways. Some boycotted, others took part
with the illusion that this is the road to peace. The illusion will
soon be shattered. Not until the heavy yoke of imperialism and its
monstrous twin, capitalism, are removed will the people of Iraq begin
to breathe freely.
We received this article from a trade union activist in Egypt who
reports on how the state security police have removed candidates in the
trade union elections who are opposed to privatisation. It is quite
clear that a very angry mood is developing among Egyptian workers and
the state, in collaboration with the leaders of the trade unions, are
attempting to stifle the growing opposition.